Category Archives: Writing

Plot

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The things that happen in a story. We’ve all experienced stories with terrific plots. We’ve all been disappointed by (or simply tolerated) weak plots. One quote that emphasizes the importance and place of plot is attributed to George Lucas: “Storytelling … Continue reading

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Weekend Short Story Giveaway

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Two of my short stories will be available free for Kindle this weekend, March 11-12, 2017, to mark the release of my new novel, Towers of Earth. One story is Bingham’s Deep Woods Fairies, a fantasy tale about Carolyn, a young … Continue reading

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Persons of Interest — Ann Leckie

Ann Leckie is the author of the Hugo, Nebula, and Arthur C. Clarke Award winning novel Ancillary Justice. For a discussion of the book in audio format, which I had the pleasure of experiencing, see the post An Audio-Book Treat–Ann Leckie’s … Continue reading

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Persons of Interest — John Steinbeck

John Steinbeck (2/27/1902–12/20/1968) is a well-known American author and needs no introduction. Most folks in the United States have read at least one of his stories in high school (for instance his novellas, The Pearl and Of Mice and Men … Continue reading

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Dialogue

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People talk. So do characters. I love well-crafted dialogue. I also enjoy writing dialogue. Sometimes, my first draft of a scene will be a string of spoken sentences back and forth. What people say, and how they say it, means … Continue reading

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Scorecard: NaNoWriMo

25,174 words, and November 28th is coming to an end. That is not so great on the word count for NaNoWriMo this time around, given that the goal is 50,000 by end of November. But I consider it a success. … Continue reading

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California Crime Writers Conference

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When: June 10-11, 2017 Where: DoubleTree by Hilton—Westside 6161 West Centinela Avenue, Culver City, CA 90230 The California Crime Writers Conference is presented by the Los Angeles Chapter of Sisters in Crime and the Southern California Chapter of Mystery Writers of … Continue reading

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World Building Workshop

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WORLD BUILDING FROM AN INTELLIGENCE POINT OF VIEW Instructor: Merien Grey Dates: September 5-30 PRICE: $25* REGISTER HERE As writers we always look for ways to make our jobs easier.  If you are building a world from scratch you have … Continue reading

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A Facebook Party for Readers and Selected Authors

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The writers for Liquid Silver Books are engaging in a Facebook party today (and yesterday) to promote a terrific sale of books through Kobo. The sale is a “buy two, get a third for free” deal. It’s been a terrific … Continue reading

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What do I Get Out of NaNoWriMo?

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National Novel Writing Month is November. The idea is to pound out a 50,000-word novel during that 30-day span. Thousands of writers and aspiring writers participate in the event, including me. Each participant can tell you what they get out … Continue reading

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